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Driving and the Law

Being a driver is a big responsibility. Not only do you need to be aware your own safety but also the safety of other drivers and pedestrians on the road. Road rules, demerit points and drink driving laws are all about keeping people safe.

Demerit Points and fines

When you first get your licence you start with 12 points but can lose them for things like speeding, drink driving and going through red lights. You will also be fined varying amounts for all of these things and the number of points you can lose doubles over long weekends. Once you are down to zero points you lose your licence, so be careful on the roads! For more info on demerit points click here
Some extra information that might be useful to you can be found on the Western Australia Police website. This link is important to inform you about traffic infringements and how they affect you.

Drink Driving

If police pull you over they can test whether you’ve been drinking by doing a breath test. This measures the alcohol level in your blood. Novice drivers (drivers who have not held a driver’s licence for at least 2 years) are required to have a zero Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) when driving. This applies to all novice drivers including Learner’s permit holders who are attempting to get their first driver’s licence and P-platers.

If you’re going to be drinking, plan ahead: you could stay at a friend’s, get a taxi or share lifts with a friend. Once you are off your P plates you’re allowed a maximum blood alcohol level of 0.05. Police can also check if you’ve taken drugs before driving. For more info on staying under the limit click here